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Orange Cornmeal Cake


This orange-flavored cake has white wine in the batter.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, October 2004


  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 1/3 cup for topping
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, (or orange juice)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • Orange segments, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush bottom and sides of an 8-inch round cake pan with oil; line bottom with a round of wax or parchment paper, and brush paper with oil.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, 1 cup sugar, and wine until smooth. Add flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and orange zest; whisk gently to combine.

  3. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle top evenly with remaining 1/3 cup sugar (topping will be thick). Bake until cake begins to pull away from sides of pan and a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

  4. Cool in pan 20 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake; invert cake gently onto a plate, and remove parchment paper. Reinvert cake onto a rack to cool completely. Serve with orange segments, if desired.

Cook's Notes

For an even crunchier topping, you can use sanding sugar in place of granulated sugar in step 3. Look for it in the baking section of your grocery store.

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  • halbert11
    15 JAN, 2016
    I love this cake! Moist, flavorful, and crunchy. I used 2 blood oranges instead of the wine and the zest from both and made a lemon glaze instead of the sugar topping. I love lemon glaze on citrus cakes. I also lowered the oven temp to 350 as 375 bakes cakes too quickly in my oven. Cake was done in 33 minutes. I will definitely make it again. Did i say I love this cake?? It's really delicious and easy to make!
  • MS112584657
    23 MAY, 2015
    I've made this many times and it's always a hit. Not a fancy Dessert Cake, really, but wonderful with tea or at breakfast. Two things: (1) Use light olive oil for a better flavor, and (2) One day I threw in a handful of coconut and it's a fantastic addition to the flavor and texture. (I ADORE this cake... have even successfully sent it via mail, wrapped well w/Saran wrap on a cake round.)
  • kvnsgrl
    8 OCT, 2013
    A great cake with a light flavor.
  • DealeontheChesapeake
    3 MAY, 2011
    Delicious with basic ingredients and quick to put together. Made a double batch for one to go to the freezer. Only change I made was to not add the sugar topping. Thank you for sharing the recipe, John!
  • nycsusan
    20 APR, 2010
    I am a complete novice to baking and this cake turned out wonderfully for me! I used the zest from a large navel orange and the orange flavor was just a bit too strong, so next time will reduce. Also I used sanding sugar for the top- I thought 1/3 cup ended up being too much- next time will use a little less. Really delicious and easy! Can't wait to make it again- this will be my go-to for the summer.
  • Kyungin
    27 MAR, 2010
    This is a very delicious and pretty cake! I used 1/2 cup fresh orange juice from 2 oranges. Definitely I will make it again and use zest of two oranges; I thought it doesn't have enough flavor.
  • cookingmama4
    18 MAR, 2010
    This cake is delicious! So simple to make that my kids made it. I used white whole wheat flour and OJ. Will most definitely make again and again!
  • talarc
    11 MAR, 2010
    i thought this cake was delicious! it's really light and is made in one bowl -- you can't beat that! bakes up perfectly and the flavors are wonderful. definitely something i will be making again
  • nyrja
    9 JAN, 2009
    I love this cake! It's light and refreshing, a different kind of dessert. For bijtje1965: 1 cup of flour =125 grams; 1 cup of sugar =200 grams; 1 cup of oil =224 grams
  • matthewvanhouten
    21 DEC, 2008
    This cake is easy to make and people really like it. It has a light taste and the combination of crunchy top and soft inside is really great. Don't skip the orange slices it really dresses up the plate!